A stalwart presence in the Rapson Hall courtyard is getting scaled of it’s toxic lead shingles. The wood-framed, lead clad structure is a relic of the 1986 Gehry exhibit at the Walker. But fire inspectors recently insisted that sprinklers be added at a reputed cost of over $20k. In this cash strapped economy, the College of Design decided to flay the fish and leave the bones (which made the inspectors happy).
Now that the interior is being daylighted, maybe folks will start using it and prevent the structure from reverting to the storage shed status of recent years.
The LAtimes review of the exhibit (once it traveled to MOCA), quotes F.O.G. on the fish:
‘”The interesting thing about all the fish studies for me has been the ability to capture movement in a built form,” states Gehry. “The movement of the scales of a fish is something I’m trying to transmit into architecture,”
But I’m not sure he ever has transmitted motion into static architecture.
[Full disclosure, I worked in the F.O.G.A. model shop way back in ’94 ]
[update 8-28-2010] NYTs on exhibit of Gehry’s fish lamps.